Eureka, CA -- Coming back from his victory at All American Speedway two weeks ago, North State Modified Series points leader Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa held off the challenges of veteran Lucas Oil Modified driver Scott Winters of Tracy for 40 laps to win his second NSMS season feature event at Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka Saturday night. Austin collected $1800 for his efforts which included $500 from McMurray & Sons Roofing, and a $300 cash bonus from North Coast Lighting and Electric. He also earned the $100 Keyser Manufacturing Hard Charger award. The North State Modified Series is presented by Protect the Harvest.
Austin also set fast time of 16.455 seconds, Winters was next at 16.472, Darrin Knight clocked in third with a 16.609, Darrin Sullivan was fourth at 16.707, and Richie Potts turned a 16.779. Austin pulled the number six pill, placing Potts and Randy Houston in the front row for the start of the McMurray & Sons 60 lapper.
Potts took the lead at the drop of the green flag, but as the pack was entering turn one for the second round, Houston and Winters made contact causing Houston to spin. With no where to go, Oregon racer Rich Cobb slammed into Houston and suffered enough damage that his car had to be towed to the pits. Winters was sent to the back of the pack and Houston also pitted for repairs. Houston returned to action one lap down.
Potts forged ahead again on the restart and for the next 14 circuits had Knight hard on his tail. Austin was patiently waiting in third with Sullivan fourth and Keith Bloom fifth. Winters charged back to join the front runners. On lap 12 Sullivan’s car pushed high, Winters took advantage and stole fourth spot.
Meanwhile when Austin saw that Knight could not get past Potts, he moved his car to the high side and went around both Knight and Potts on lap 15 to assume the lead. Winters drove under Knight on 18 for third as Austin was pulling away from the field. Winters swapped places with Potts on lap 21 and set his sights on Austin.
The leaders gracefully weaved through lapped traffic the remainder of the race, but Austin never made the mistake Winters was hoping for and took the Sunoco checkered flag first for his second big win. Winters finished second and Knight was third. Sullivan and Potts crashed coming down for the checkered flag, but still finished fifth and sixth. The rest of the finishing order was Ian Elliott, Bloom, Herman Pulyer, Houston, Sal Lopez, Rick Avila and Cobb.
Bloom collected the $100 for his win in the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash. Potts finished second for $50. They also both went home with Scriber jugs. Winters earned the Naake Shocks award. Potts, Sullivan and Cobb were the recipients of the Frank’s Radios gift cards.
The next North State Modified series race will be at Madera Speedway on August 3. Joining the modifieds will be the NSMS/Madera Speedway Hobby Stocks.
-North State Modifieds Press Release & Photo